Think – And Give Thanks

“Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” (John 11:41).

When it comes to a heart full of praise and thankfulness, Jesus is our example, as He is in all things. When He was here on earth He was constantly thanking and praising God the Father. When He fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes He began by giving thanks (John 6:11). At the Last Supper, as He distributed to His disciples the broken bread and wine, He gave thanks (Luke 22:17,19). And in the above verse, we see Him giving thanks to God as He prepares to raise Lazarus from the dead.

Sometimes Christians may say that they can find little in their lives for which to give thanks. However, there is always something for which we can be grateful if we are careful to observe and note it. Not, of course, in the way of the little girl who detested milk pudding and was made to eat some for her dessert. When she asked if she must return thanks to God for her meal, “But I have nothing to be thankful for”, she said sulkily. “Very well”, said her mother. “Then remain there until you have.” After a few minutes she said: “Thank you, God, that I wasn’t sick. Now may I get down?”

The commentator Matthew Henry, while reflecting on the fact that someone had stolen his wallet, prayed like this: “First, Lord, let me be thankful that I had never been robbed before. Second, that the thief did not take my life. Third, that because he took all I had possessed it was not much, and fourth, because it was he who robbed and not me.” There is never a time in anyone’s life when there is nothing for which to be thankful. You can always find reasons to be thankful if you look for them. So think – and give thanks.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift His own Son.” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” (Psalm 7:17).

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1).